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Crystal Sugar advertising for local workers, might hire up to 1,300 if lockout continues

Managers say the lockout is continuing longer than expected so the company is looking to hire what it says will be temporary local workers.
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Managers say the lockout is continuing longer than expected so the company is looking to hire what it says will be temporary local workers.

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